Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ
Living Out God's Love
We are an open and affirming congregation, and our mission is to witness to the word and work of Jesus so all people may know the welcome of God, worship with joy, grow as disciples, live as servants, and enjoy the strength of Christian fellowship.
9:00AM Sunday School
Our office is open in the mornings on weekdays.
SALEM WEEKLY NEWS
For February 7, 2020
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Our worship service this Sunday will be an anticipation of Lent and Holy Week in the sense that our focus will be on the cross. Mark’s sermon, continuing the course of sermons on Mary and her Son, draws upon John 19:25, which puts Mary at the foot of the cross. The sermon’s topic is “The View from Calvary.” The Chancel Choir will be singing and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be served.
MUSIC SUNDAY: Lift Every Voice and Sing! February 16
On February 16 the choirs from Salem will lead worship in our annual Music Sunday. This year’s theme is “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” The service will explore through music, some questions from John Bell’s, Singing the Unsung, Liberating the Song of God’s People. What we sing shapes our faith: do we sing about God’s creation, the equality of men and women? About God’s love for justice, about our concern for other people? Or do we just sing about “me?” Ultimately what we sing repeatedly shapes our belief, our discipleship, and our faith.” Come worship with open hearts and music that engages your mind and your spirit.
SOUP COOK OFF following worship on February 16
The Youth sponsored Soup Cook Off is just around the corner on Sunday, February 16th. It's looking to be quite a friendly feat for the treasured "Golden Ladle" trophy. Don't forget to enter your favorite soup by Sunday, February 9th. The youth are also gathering favorite soup recipes to put together in a Salem Favorite Soup booklet. Recipes will be collected through February 9th.
Don’t forget the Basket Raffle happening along with the Soup Cook Off! The youth have placed several themed baskets on tables in the fellowship hall and are hoping to collect items for those baskets. The themes are as follows: Movie Night, Arts & Crafts, Game Night, Camping/Outdoor Fun, Badgers/Packers/Brewers, Cooking, Pampering, and Date Night. The Youth are asking for new items related to these themes to be brought to the church by this Sunday. Money raised from the Soup Cook Off and the Raffle Baskets will support Intergenerational Mission Projects this summer. Thanks!
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET
It is not too late to offer to prepare a devotion for our 2020 Lenten devotional booklet. Sarah Pundt has been coordinating this effort. Mark is handling matters while Sarah is away on vacation. Make his day by volunteering to submit a devotion. All the devotions are gathered around the theme of Mark’s upcoming sermon series for the evenings of Lent (see below).
SACRED IDENTITY: Who You Are in Christ – A Lenten Series for 2020
We all know we are vulnerable to identity theft. But for most of us, the real threat is not that our identity will be stolen so much as it is that a false and shallow identity will be imposed upon us. Strong passwords guard against identity theft. Key words of the Bible help guard us against identity imposition. Knowing the key words is as important as remembering passwords. Our series this Lent studies identities scripture assigns to us so we can see ourselves as Christ sees us and not as the world wishes us to be.
NEW MEMBER RECEPTION on February 23
We will have the Liturgy for New Member Reception as part of our worship service on Sunday, February 23. If you are interested in joining Salem, but have not spoken to Mark about it as yet, please think about joining on the 23rd and let Mark know!
LAKELAND UNIVERSITY CHOIR – February 27, 7 PM
The Lakeland University Concert Choir will perform at our church on Thursday, February 27, at 7 PM. Please mark your calendars accordingly and plan to attend. Salem is happy to be invited to be part of the 2020 Concert Choir Tour. Lakeland University, formerly known as Lakeland College, is a school of the United Church of Christ and is located near Sheboygan. Several of our members are graduates of this school.
SUPPER AND RECEPTION
Salem is hosting the Lakeland University Choir for a supper prior to their concert. Julie Sundby is coordinating that effort. Please see her or contact the church office if you would like to help. This is not a meal open to the public, but simply a matter of feeding our visitors before they sing.
We are likewise hosting a reception following the concert. Sandi Rost has offered to help coordinate this effort, which will be rather like our typical fellowship hour after Sunday morning worship. If you would like to help or donate some nibbles, please contact Sandi or the church office.
Do you have something you would like to place in the March newsletter? The deadline for submitting materials this time is February 19.
Whether you are looking to renew your relationship with God or just find friends to support you through good times and bad, Salem offers regular services, fellowship, outreach, community service, potluck programs, and musical groups to keep you coming back.